How to Grow Veggies in a Hot, Humid Climate

The Eastern Seaboard of South Africa is classified as sub-tropical because of its hot, humid climate, especially in summer. Temperatures in the upper thirties or low forties are common during January and February, and these temperatures combined with a blistering humidity level of 90% makes life for humans very uncomfortable without air-conditioning…and it’s just as bad for plants! Here’s how hydroponics can help you cultivate fruit and veggies, year round. read more

How Does Hydroponics Save Water

Says the South African Weather Service, 2015 was the country’s driest year since records began in 1904. Whether due to the cyclical El Niño weather phenomenon or part of a more enduring swing towards climate change, one thing’s for sure – the future of South African food security lies in greater use of water-friendly farming techniques. Hydroponics expert John Sandison explores how hydroponics could help. read more

How Does Hydroponics Work

Contrary to what many suppose, hydroponics didn’t begin with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon – there were no compound chemicals available then and, at best, the Hanging Gardens were a series of cleverly constructed water channels down which the water flowed thus watering all the plants in soil-based systems from top to bottom. Rather, it began in the USA during the 1930s as an outgrowth of the culture techniques used by plant physiologists in plant nutrition experiments in that country. read more